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A Readers' Community by The Book Lounge

A Readers' Community by The Book Lounge

By The Book Lounge
From the Cape Town-based independent bookstore, The Book Lounge, we bring you conversations about books and the book world, as well as recommendations for your next read from staff.
We'd love to hear from you. Send us a voice message to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 or send an email to booklounge@gmail.com.
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OPEN BOOK #8: Masculinity
Koketso Sachane chairs a conversation about navigating masculinity in South Africa with Prof Malose Langa (Becoming Men) and Melusi Tshabalala (Magenge, We Need to Talk). This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Get in touch via our website, or email Vasti. Produced by Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
59:59
November 12, 2020
OPEN BOOK #7: Writing Adventures
Jen Malec is in conversation with Lauren Beukes and David Mitchell about writing novels that are an adventure to read, as well as about the adventure of writing itself. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via our website, or email Vasti. This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Produced by Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
1:06:23
November 9, 2020
OPEN BOOK #6: Representing Home
In this episode, Chase Rhys talks to Terry-Ann Adams (Those Who Live in Cages) and Lynthia Julius (Uit die Kroes) about what it’s like to write about one’s home, and the complexities and joys that come from making one’s community and lived experience visible through art. We’d love to hear from you – get in touch via our website, or email Vasti. This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Produced by Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
1:10:56
November 5, 2020
OPEN BOOK #5: In Search of Tenderness
In this episode, Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane is in discussion with Brandon Taylor (Real Life) and Paul Mendez (Rainbow Milk) about their gorgeous debut novels, both of which centre young, black queer men who find themselves in alienating environments. This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation. For more information on the podcast series, check out our website, openbookfestival.co.za, or email Vasti. Our producer is Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
1:02:18
November 2, 2020
OPEN BOOK #4: Of Mermaids and Freeloaders
Kelly Smith talks to Mia Arderne and Phumlani Pikoli, who have both written dynamic, playful novels that engage with contemporary South Africa in distinctive ways.
41:00
October 29, 2020
OPEN BOOK#3: The Vanishing Half
Sara-Jayne King speaks to Brit Bennett about her recent novel, The Vanishing Half,  a story about twins whose very different choices offer a lens through which to explore different racial realities in America. This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation. For more information on the podcast series, check out our website, openbookfestival.co.za, or email Vasti. Our producer is Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
34:05
October 26, 2020
OPEN BOOK #2: Playing in the Shadows
 Efemia Chela talks to Petina Gappah, Helen Moffett, and Zoë Wicomb about engaging with historical narratives from new perspectives, and striking a balance between fidelity and irreverence in retelling stories. This podcast is brought to you by our sponsor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation.  For more information on the podcast series, check out our website: openbookfestival.co.za, or email Vasti.  Our producer is Andri Burnett. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. 
1:04:14
October 22, 2020
OPEN BOOK #1: Travellers
In the first episode of the Open Book Podcast Series, Nigerian author Helon Habila is in conversation with Bongani Kona about his new book, Travellers.  This novel tracks the experience of African migrants in Europe, based  on interviews Helon had done himself. This is a conversation about  travelling – Helon’s life as a traveller, as well as the travels of displaced people across the European continent. For more information on the podcast series, check out our website: openbookfestival.co.za, or email Vasti. Produced by Andri Burnett.  Hosted by Vasti Calitz.
49:51
October 19, 2020
Introducing the Open Book Podcast Series
Introducing the Open Book Podcast takeover of 'A Readers' Community'! For four weeks, we're bringing you a taste of the  incredible conversations characteristic of the Open Book Festival, recorded remotely over the last few weeks, to this platform. The first episode will be out on Monday 19 October.  To find out more, check out our website or email Vasti.
02:30
October 13, 2020
A Conversation with Mohale
We discuss what’s been happening behind the scenes in the book world and Mervyn has a conversation with Mohale Mashigo about her life as a writer, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Mohale mentioned ‘What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky’ by Lesley Nneka Arimah, ‘Paradise’ by Toni Morrison, ‘Maru’ by Bessie Head, ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett, ‘In The Dreamhouse’ by Carmen Maria Machado, and ‘The Longest March’ by Fred Khumalo. Jess recommends ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo, Colin recommends ‘Pew’ by Catherine Lacey, and Luami recommends ‘The Discomfort of Evening’ by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
43:37
September 10, 2020
A Quirky Guide to Mermaid Fillet with Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Mia Arderne
We speak to Tiffany Kagure Mugo about her book, ‘Quirky Quick Guide to Having Great Sex’, and to Mia Arderne about her new novel, ‘Mermaid Fillet’, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Mia recommends ‘Kinnes’ by Chase Rhys, Thandi recommends ‘The Vanishing Half’ by Brit Bennett, Belinda enjoyed ‘Adults’ by Emma Jane Unsworth, and Megan loved ‘Ride or Die’ by Khurrum Rahman. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
36:52
August 26, 2020
Literary Prizes with Irenosen Okojie
This episode is all about literary prizes. Our guest is the 2020 winner of the Caine Prize, Irenosen Okojie, and Book Lounge staff talk about some Booker-longlisted novels. Luami recommends ‘How Much of These Hills is Gold’ by C Pam Zhang, Unathi recommends ‘The Shadow King’ by Maaza Mengiste, Jess enjoyed ‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid and Mervyn recommends both ‘Shuggie Bain' by Douglas Stuart and ‘Real Life’ by Brandon Taylor. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett
34:11
August 12, 2020
Queer Stories with Mark Gevisser
This episode is a celebration of queer stories. We speak to Mark Gevisser about his new book, ‘The Pink Line’, which tracks shifts in queer frontiers globally in the 21st century, and Book Lounge staff members recommend books with queer themes. Jess recommends ‘Juliet Takes a Breath’ by Gabby Rivera for teenagers and ‘The Whispers’ by Greg Howard for 9-12 year olds. Luami, Colin and Vasti discuss ‘Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’ by Andrea Lawlor, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, ‘Because I Couldn’t Kill You’ by Kelly-Eve Koopman, and ‘They Called Me Queer’, curated by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154 Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
36:06
July 29, 2020
Unseen Women with Dr Nechama Brodie and Sifiso Mzobe
We speak to Dr Nechama Brodie about her new book, ‘Femicide in South Africa’, and to Sifiso Mzobe about his new short story collection, ‘Searching for Simphiwe’, and get recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Noma recommends ‘Hood Feminism’, Werner enjoyed ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Phillip K Dick and Megan loved ‘Hamnet’ by Maggie O’Farrell. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
35:18
July 16, 2020
Eternal Space for Discovery with Rémy Ngamije
In this week’s episode, we speak to Rémy Ngamije, the Rwandan-born Namibian author of 'The Eternal Audience of One', about his meteoric rise from being an unpublished writer to a star on the African literary scene in less than a year, and we hear book recommendations from Book Lounge staff. Unathi recommends ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas and Luami enjoyed ‘Toe Ons Oneindig Was’ by Zelda Bezuidenhout. Mervyn talks about ‘Brutal School Ties’ by Sam Cowen. Rémy’s list of authors is: Kalaf Epalanga, Ondjaki, Maaza Mengiste, Zukiswa Wanner, Mohale Mashigo, Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Masande Ntshanga, Bisi Adjapon, Leye Adenle and Mubanga Kalimamukwento. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice message on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
30:23
July 2, 2020
A Global Pandemic with Lauren Beukes
We sit down with Lauren Beukes to chat about her new book, ‘Afterland’, and some Book Lounge staff members recommend books they loved recently. Colin recommends ‘The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela’ by Sisonke Msimang. Megan recommends ‘The Recovery of Rose Gold’ by Stephanie Wrobel. Jess suggests ‘Here in the Real World’ by Sara Pennypacker for 8-12 year olds and ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ by Eva Eland for little ones. Mervyn loved ‘Searching for Simphiwe’ by Sifiso Mzobe and ‘Silver Sparrow’ by Tayari Jones. Get in touch by emailing booklounge@gmail.com or send us a voice note on Whatsapp to +27 (0) 63 961-6154. Hosted by Vasti Calitz and produced by Andri Burnett.
28:25
June 18, 2020
Trailer
Introducing ' A Readers' Community', a brand-new podcast by the Book Lounge. We'd love to hear your requests for a recommendation for your next read. Send us a voice message telling us what you're in the mood to read and two books you loved to booklounge@gmail.com. Hosted by Vasti Calitz. Produced by Andri Burnett.
02:08
June 9, 2020